gainly

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English geȝȝnlike, geynliche, equivalent to gain ‎(straight, direct, convenient, favourable, kindly, adjective) +‎ -ly ‎(adverbial suffix).

Adverb[edit]

gainly ‎(comparative gainlier or more gainly, superlative gainliest or most gainly)

  1. Suitably; fitly; conveniently; readily.
  2. Thoroughly; completely; (with adjectives) very.

Etymology 2[edit]

From gain ‎(straight, direct, convenient, favourable, kindly, adjective) +‎ -ly ‎(adjectival suffix).

Adjective[edit]

gainly ‎(comparative gainlier or more gainly, superlative gainliest or most gainly)

  1. (Britain dialectal) Proper; suitable; becoming.
  2. (archaic) Ready to help; kindly; gracious.
  3. (of conduct) Graceful; tactful;
  4. (of bodily form, attitude, or movement) Shapely; handsome.
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